TCD staff vote for strike action over temporary deals for new starters

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Members of the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) in Trinity College Dublin have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action as they seek ‘full discussions’ with the college on employment practices. The staff in the administration, library and support staff categories voted by 27-3 in support of industrial action, including strike action, over plans to make all future appointments in these areas on a temporary-contract basis …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 April]

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IFUT vote for strike action over ‘mass casualisation’ in TCD

Posted in Governance and administration on April 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Members of IFUT in the Administration, Library and Support Staff categories in Trinity College, Dublin, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action over plans to make all future appointments in these areas on a temporary contract basis …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 17 April]

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Casualisation of employment in academia

Posted in Governance and administration on April 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Well done to Peter McGuire for his insightful article on the casualisation of staff in third-level education (‘Casual contracts: the precarious world of academia’, Education, April 4th) …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 5 April]

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Is this the end of job security in academia?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 4th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Academia was once among the most respectable and secure careers. In recent years, however, it has become one of the most precarious places to work. Younger lecturers struggle to get any hours while permanent and established academic staff are so overwhelmed that they have little choice but to push more administrative work on their younger colleagues …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 4 April]

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Trinity’s New ‘Diktat’ for Staff Reveals the Darker Side of Commercialisation

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“For the first time in years, we might see a possible strike inside the walls of Trinity. A ‘diktat’ from College, which will see an end to promotions for support and service staff and the introduction of temporary contracts for all new employees, has been heavily and rightly attacked by SIPTU, IFUT and UNITE …” (more)

[University Times, 22 January]

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Limiting PhDs creates the wrong kind of elite

Posted in Governance and administration on January 5th, 2017 by steve

“Whether or not you’re entirely convinced by the figures on casualisation recently publicised by the UK’s University and College Union, it is beyond dispute that increasing numbers of PhD graduates are being forced into short-term, insecure work to sustain their academic careers. There simply are not enough permanent jobs out there for all those qualified to do them …” (more)

[Tom Cutterham, Times Higher Education, 5 January]

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38% of Trinity Staff Employed on Temporary Contracts

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“38% of Trinity staff are employed on temporary contracts, with academic staff making up 40% of the temporary staff employed by Trinity, according to figures in a new report seen by The University Times …” (more)

[John Conway, University Times, 14 December]

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Precarious work is no longer atypical in academia

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

“The furore that greeted the recent publication of University and Colleges Union’s (UCU) analysis of data on precarious employment saw the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) and several universities set about attempting to trash UCU’s use of the available numbers. In the process, they presented an image of a sector in strenuous denial …” (more)

[Jonathan White, Wonkhe, 13 December]

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Academia is now incompatible with family life, thanks to casual contracts

Posted in Life on December 2nd, 2016 by steve

UK“I have just returned from my last conference of the season – half a dozen in total, across the UK and Europe. One theme kept cropping up in conversations with fellow attendees: job insecurity, and the impact it is having on our families and lives …” (more)

[Guardian, 2 November]

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UK universities have developed a casual disregard for their staff

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2016 by steve

UK“Your articles on insecure employment at UK universities (University staff contracts ‘like Sports Direct’, 17 November) rightly draw attention to the appalling position of those on casual contracts (Dawn cleaning shift, shower, then teach: survival as a lecturer, 17 November; Universities are using casual contracts to put profit before people, theguardian.com, 17 November). There is, however, an important additional dimension: ‘permanent’ jobs at universities are often permanent in name only …” (more)

[Letters, Guardian, 20 November]

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Universities accused of ‘importing Sports Direct model’ for lecturers’ pay

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2016 by steve

UK“One of the most highly skilled and prestigious professions in Britain, university teaching, is now dominated by zero-hours contracts, temp agencies and other forms of precarious work, the Guardian can reveal. New analysis reveals that it is the richest Russell Group institutions that rely most heavily on insecure academic workers …” (more)

[Aditya Chakrabortty and Sally Weale, Guardian, 16 November]

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Casualisation of academic staff to be highlighted at international conference

Posted in Governance and administration on November 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Lack of funding for Higher education in Ireland and the scandalous shortage of staff in the sector have combined to create an explosion in the numbers of part-time and temporary academic staff, the Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) will report to a worldwide conference on issues in third-level education this week …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 13 November]

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UCC Urged To Reconsider Employing Teaching Staff On Casual Basis

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has released a charter criticising UCC for their practice of employing research and teaching staff on a casual basis. The charter aims to publicise the widespread problem of casualisation and low pay of academic staff in Irish universities …” (more)

[Michelle Beazley, UCC Express, 23 October]

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Union launches charter against casualisation of teaching

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers has launched a Charter for casual workers in University College Cork, providing a code of practice for members to support and defend casual and precarious workers within the university …” (more)

[Education International, 10 October]

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UCC denies a policy to hire casual staff

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork has denied that it’s operating a casualisation policy for hiring staff amid claims that a third of teaching staff are not ‘permanent’ employees. In the face of claims by the Irish Federation of University Teachers that at least one-third of staff delivering teaching to students are now employed on a purely casual basis …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 10 October]

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‘Casualisation of lecturing threatening college jobs’ claims union

Posted in Governance and administration on October 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The casualisation of lecturing jobs at University College Cork and other universities is exploitative of staff and threatens education standards, a union claims. The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) said at least one third of those teaching at UCC are employed on a purely casual basis — affecting more than 200 staff there alone …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 7 October]

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IFUT Charter slams ‘casualisation of teaching’ by UCC

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has launched a Charter for casual workers in UCC, saying that at least one-third of staff delivering teaching to students are now employed on a purely casual basis …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 5 October]

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Casualisation of Academic Work: Solidarity or Precarity?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The UCC Branch of IFUT will host an important talk on Thursday 14th April 2016 – 2pm Room 405, Western Gateway Building, UCC …” (more)

[Irish Federation of University Teachers, 11 April]

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How to Start an Anti-Casualisation Campaign

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2016 by steve

UK“The following short guide was written by FACE activists and posted on the FACE Campaign Wiki. This is a free resource for information on local anti-casualisation campaigns, open to and editable by all …” (more)

[Fighting Against Casualisation in Education, 23 February]

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Casual contracts are ruining universities for staff and students

Posted in Life on February 12th, 2016 by steve

UK“‘If you don’t put a value on yourself, no one will.’ This was the advice I received from my friend this week about my latest offer of a casual university teaching job. It’s for one term and it pays by the hour …” (more)

[Guardian, 12 February]

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